On 20 November 2009, India along with the global community celebrates the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly .
In 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child became the first legally binding international convention to affirm for all children, the full range of human rights—including civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) represents a major milestone in the historic effort to achieve a world fit for children. The treaty has inspired changes in laws to better protect children, altered the way international organizations see their work for children, and supported an agenda to better protect children.
Child Rights Packages
The Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) states that every child has the right to a primary education, which should be free. Over the last sixty years, India has made significant progress towards ensuring that quality education is available for all the children.
The strong link of WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene) with child mortality is one reason why UNICEF, has included WASH as a key component of a cross-sectoral package of high-impact interventions.
Children have the right to protection from all forms of violence, abuse and maltreatment. India's Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act prohibits physical punishment and mental harrasment to the to the child.
Child protection is an issue in every country and a high priority for UNICEF. Under the CRC and other international treaties, all children have the right to be protected from harm.
Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) states that children have the right to live and governments should ensure that children survive and develop healthily.